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Virginia Basketball: Hunter emerging as major piece in puzzle

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By Ken Cross The No. 2 Virginia Cavaliers are known for a defensive mentality that permeates into frustrating nights for opposing offenses and that reputation tends to leave the skill sets of some of their offensive players ignored. Red-shirt freshman De’Andre Hunter is becoming a huge part of Virginia’s offense as he cannot be ignored any longer. Hunter scored 16 …

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Miami Basketball: Lessons Learned as offense hits stride

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By Ken Cross Jim Larranaga boasts a deep and athletic Miami basketball team that was still smarting from it’s lack of offensive execution late in last Monday’s loss to Duke.  The Hurricanes had the week to make corrections and it certainly showed on Sunday in an entertaining 86-81 win at N.C. State. Larranaga noted that it was as easy as …

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Davidson Basketball: ‘Resilient’ Wildcats survive St. Bonaventure

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By Ken Cross Davidson coach Bob McKillop turned to a boxing analogy on Friday night to sum up his Wildcats’ 83-73 win over St. Bonaventure in an extremely physical game that saw both team on attack all evening.  The Bonnies made key shots, but had two second half runs that Davidson answered in winning it’s fifth Atlantic 10 game in …

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Marching to Madness Episode 217: Big Ten Network analyst Jon Crispin

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In this episode of Marching to Madness, hosts Blake Lovell and Ken Cross welcome analyst Jon Crispin of the Big Ten Network. Topics of discussion include: the effects of the one-and-done on Duke and Kentucky, Purdue’s staying power, the resurgence of Ohio State, Michigan State’s outlook the rest of the season, the surprising struggles for Wisconsin, and much more. It’s …

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Kentucky Basketball: What now for young Wildcats?

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 By Ken Cross There’s nothing wrong with youthful exuberance, but the youth of the Kentucky Wildcats may be catching up with them in the tough SEC. It goes beyond Tuesday night’s 75-68 loss to South Carolina where the Wildcats led 57-43 with 11:30 to play.  They had a flagrant one foul on Hamidou Diallo  at that point.  He literally took …

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Gamecocks Basketball: Kentucky win may be a turning point

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By Ken Cross The entire South Carolina Gamecocks basketball season may have turned in the last 11:30 of Tuesday night’s 75-68 win over Kentucky.  With a basically new team that has seen the ebbs and flows of the game, it was time for the Gamecocks to turn back an ebb and they did. South Carolina picked up it’s aggression on …

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Marching to Madness Episode 216: Western Kentucky head coach Rick Stansbury

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In this episode of Marching to Madness, hosts Blake Lovell and Ken Cross welcome Western Kentucky Hilltoppers head coach Rick Stansbury. Topics of discussion include: how the Hilltoppers chemistry has developed quickly, the evolving mental toughness, Taveion Hollingsworth’s development, Darius Thompson’s play at WKU, and much more. It’s another exciting episode of Marching to Madness! Be sure to subscribe to the …

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Boise State Basketball: Hutchinson’s performance in rarified air

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By Ken Cross Boise State’s Chandler Hutchinson arrived on the national scene in a major way on Saturday night with his school record 44-point performance in the Broncos’ 83-80 win over San Diego State.  The 6-7 senior from Mission Viejo, California, came in averaging 18.3 points, 8.4 rebounds, and 3.5 assists per game and should have already been recognized across …